a job in today's workplace and tight economy is no easy task.
Furthermore, the looming recession and fear of inflation has
forced many companies to scale-back and eliminate job positions.
This is a reality that impacts all job seekers; from the recently
graduated youngster to the experienced manager, job security
and job openings are becoming more rare. However, despite the
seemingly negative atmosphere, the current environment gives
all of us the opportunity to take a step-back and re-evaluate
our career choices.
Popular Game of Golf
As the game of golf has become more affordable and
more visible on television, it has grown at an incredible rate.
Chances are, if you are reading this, you love the game of golf
and perhaps have shied away from it in terms of a career for a
variety of reasons. Regardless of why you may have not looked
to the wonderful game of golf for your career, the United States
Golf Teachers Federation®, the nation's largest organization
of strictly golf teaching professionals, is here to provide some
Over 22,000 teaching professionals and avid golfers
have turned to us to provide them with their golf teaching certification.
Recently, the USGTF expanded their offering to include a 2-day
Level I certification course, a 4-day Level II certification
course, and the 6-day Level III full certification course, the
cornerstone course of our organization. Now, it is more convenient
and even more affordable than ever to get started or simply
experiment with the possibilities of a golf-teaching career.
Any of the USGTF certification courses prepare you and provide
you with the tools to be a successful golf teacher at any level
(e.g., beginner, advanced, women only) and in any capacity (full-time,
As for actual positions you may be able to fill once
certified as a USGTF teaching professional, there are a variety
of options. Many of our members are head teaching professionals
at public or private country clubs. Also, many are employed at
summer golf camps full-time or part-time to supplement their income.
High schools and colleges alike are typically on the lookout for
experienced golf teaching professionals as well. Retail golf outlets
are very receptive to having a certified golf teaching pro to
work in the shop to assist customers with product selection and
provide a teaching studio; similar to how many men's stores have
a tailor on staff. Also, don't overlook the possibility of employment
at a driving range, indoor facility, or the increasingly popular
golf learning centers. For the entrepreneurial-type, you may be
able to achieve the greatest level of success and personal satisfaction
by starting your own business, whether it be as a private instructor,
golf driving range, or golf teaching facility, among many other
possibilities. If people enjoy being around you and if you enjoy
being around people, you will inevitably see your database of
clients grow and naturally achieve success in your new golf career.
Your Golf Choices
a Master of Your Craft
If you do not consider yourself an "in the trenches"
type of golf instructor or professional, the USGTF can still
help. Our certification courses provide you with the technical
knowledge and skills to allow you to work in many other capacities,
aside from simply teaching the game. You could specialize in
video training or golf swing analysis. Or perhaps you could be a
freelance writer for a golf magazine or the golf section of
the local newspaper. On this note, some of our professionals
have authored and published their own books on learning and playing
the game of golf. Many golf teaching professionals also include club fitting and club making to their repertoire. If you are the
outgoing, sociable sort, you could initiate a career involving corporate golf outings.
The bottom line is that the USGTF is a great way
to start a career in golf or re-step your career from the traditional
"business place" and look to the game of golf that has brought
you so much enjoyment over the course of your life for your
livelihood on a full-time or part-time basis. Our certification
courses, regardless of what level you wish to participate in,
provide you the tools and knowledge to launch a successful career
in golf. At all certification courses you are issued a book entitled "Marketing Yourself as a Golf Teaching Professional." We also incorporate a one-hour discussion on the subject and we have a video tape as well designed specifically for how you can best utilize your teaching skills.
Right Place for You
Please take the time to request
a brochure or to review our many USGTF
member profiles, each with a unique insight on how he or
she has used his or her USGTF certification to take a great
game and translate it into a successful golf career move.